Barack Obama, who never saw a reason to abort he didn’t support, has not surprisingly signed a press release PP wrote for him on the Aurora situation. According to the Baltimore Sun, a few hours ago:
Today, Sen. Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to weigh in on the battle over a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora.
Not surprisingly, the abortion rights supporter from Illinois said he would like to see the clinic open soon….
“I fully support Planned Parenthood’s desire to open a new facility in Aurora,” he said in a statement released this afternoon. “The proposed center will serve the growing population in a part of the state where access to a full range of reproductive health care services is lacking.”
The statement went on to list some of the services the Planned Parenthood clinic would offer such as pap tests, contraceptive care, cancer screening and breast exams. It did not mention abortion procedures, which have drawn thousands of anti-abortion protesters to demonstrate outside the clinic….
Obama has a relationship with Aurora. When Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner ran for office in 2005, Obama came to town and campaigned on his behalf.
Obama also has a relationship with Planned Parenthood….
As an aside, Tim Russert asked Obama his favorite Bible verse in the September 26 presidential debate. Obama’s answer:
Well, I think it would have to be the Sermon on the Mount, because it expresses a basic principle that I think we’ve lost over the last six years….
Part of what we’ve lost is a sense of empathy towards each other….
[W]e don’t talk enough about the empathy deficit, a sense that I stand in somebody else’s shoes, I see through their eyes….
That’s the reason I’m running for president, because I want to restore that.
[HT: Jeff from CPLA and Dave Diersen; political cartoon courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times, March 25, 2004, on Barack Obama's opposition to IL's Born Alive Infant Protection Act.]